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Not all bears and birds are of the same fur and feather.

The Department of Environmental Conservation invites public input on two hot topics for proposed management of black bears and of mute swans across New York State.

Hunters, birders and wildlife watchers are blogging extensively on both 10-year management/control proposals.

The bear program would expand more areas of the state to bear hunting; the mute swan program would control the westward movement of this invasive bird.

To view the bear management proposal, go to www.dec.ny.gov/animals.

For information on the swan-control proposal, go to www.dec.ny.gov/animals.

To submit comments on either or both proposals, go to “Swan Plan.”

Bird counting

The Great Back Yard Bird Count is set for Friday through Feb. 17 internationally.

Locally, Tifft Nature Preserve has a hiking session on bird counting from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday. To register, call 825-6397.

Buffalo Audubon Society provides assistance for bird watchers to participate in the 17th Annual BAS presence. For details, go to buffaloaudubon.org.

For details on the program and entering data, go to birdsource.org/gbbc.

Ammo recall

An overload of powder in lot numbers of Winchester 22-caliber long rifle rimfire ammo has led to the recall of this ammunition: Symbol Number: S22LRT; Lot Numbers: GD42L and GD52L printed on the cover flap.

Shooters in possession of this ammo can contact Winchester at (866) 423-5224 or go to Winchester.com/Product-Service/Pages/Contact-Us.aspx for free UPS pick-up of the recalled ammunition.

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